Donating Archives or Objects to Collections
Thank you for considering San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park as a potential recipient for your donation. Whether or not your donation is best suited at our institution, we sincerely appreciate your consideration. When considering the Park for your donation, the following information may be of use to you. (Interested in donating only library books? Please see information about donating library materials in our FAQ.)
About the Collection
The Park has earned accreditation status from the American Alliance of Museums, a widely recognized seal of approval that brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.
The significance of the Park derives primarily from its collections that represent marine, labor, and shore-based trades and services, and the personal effects of individuals from the maritime community. The museum collection includes art, artifacts, and small water craft. The archival collection includes photographs, oral histories, vessel plans, business records, and personal papers.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I donate materials to the archives or museum collection?
Can I mail or drop off a donation?
How are potential donations reviewed?
The Committee uses the criteria specified in the Park's Scope of Collections, as well as its current cataloging goals, to guide its decisions. It also takes into consideration the condition of the object and the availability of resources required to store and care properly for the artifact or document as well as cataloging the material to make it accessible. The sensitive nature of materials or ownership of copyrights may also factor into the acquisitions decisions.
How long does it take for the Park to review proposed donations?
Will the Park appraise my donation for its monetary value?
Can I take a tax deduction for my donation?
Will the Park exhibit the artifacts or documents in my donation?
Does the Park accept long-term loans?
Last updated: February 9, 2017